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Imagining Florida: The Place We Call Home

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In Spring 2016, a Gainesville-wide speaker series will invite Florida residents from all backgrounds to share their stories about making Florida home.

Imagining Florida is a five-part series of lectures and discussions from January-April 2016. Talk writing with Gainesville author Lauren Groff at the ACLD Headquarters Branch Library. Unpeel the history of Florida citrus with Gary Mormino at the Matheson History Museum. Feast your eyes on African-Floridian art with Robin Poynor and Patricia Hilliard-Nunn at Santa Fe College. And dust off treasured artifacts from famous Floridians with curators from the UF Smathers Libraries.

Together, these events reveal how we use writing, art, storytelling, and history to shape our lives and communities. Throughout the series, local residents will be invited to contribute their own stories and memories to create a crowd-sourced digital collage of Florida life. Join us to discover what “Florida” means to you and what it might mean to your neighbors.

To join the conversation, find “Imagining Florida” on Facebook.

Imagining Florida is presented by the UF Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere, Santa Fe College, the Alachua County Library District, the Matheson History Museum, and the UF George A. Smathers Libraries.

Spring 2016